One of Carolina’s brightest stars, Donovan Livingston, is inspiring future educators and students with a powerful message he recently delivered at the convocation of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. A video of Donovan’s message on Harvard’s Facebook page has already reached over 11 million views in the past week.
Written and performed as a spoken word poem, Donovan, who graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard in Learning and Teaching at the ceremony, was selected among 29 people who entered a competition to deliver the student speech. His message incites educators to fight inequalities in the education system and help all students to greatness.
Donovan graduated from Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in History. He is originally from Fayetteville, N.C. and served in the Carolina College Advising Corps for one academic year, from 2009-2010, before attending Columbia University to pursue a master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education. As a Corps member, he served in Guilford County (Ben L. Smith High School and Dudley High School in Greensboro).
Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students apply and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state. The Corps is a constituent program of the national College Advising Corps. Last year, the Corps helped over 7,000 high school seniors across the state submit more than 17,000 applications to college. Students enroll at colleges ranging from their local community college to N.C. Wesleyan to Winston Salem State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, to name just a few.
We’re inspired by Donovan’s achievements and proud that the rest of the world is getting to know the remarkable leader we are grateful to call an alumnus, colleague, and friend.
By Emily Gregoire
With all the talk about North and South Campus, it’s easy to imagine that Carolina is impractical, if not impossible, to walk across in a timely manner. However, that is not true; UNC is a very walkable campus. For most people, it only takes around twenty-three minutes to walk from the Dean Dome, the southernmost point of campus, to Franklin Street, the northernmost border. Sometimes though, you do need to get from place to place relatively quickly, and this is where a bike could come in handy.
Before my first year at Carolina, I tried to figure out whether I needed a bike by reading reviews of campus, talking to tour guides, and looking at maps. Most people said that they never had a need for one because if they wanted to get somewhere quickly, they’d take the bus, walk quickly, or just arrive late. I decided a bike wasn’t for me.
Then, I began pledging Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, during my second semester at Carolina. Most of our meetings were down at the business school, which is right next to the Dean Dome. Since I lived in Koury Hall, a South Campus dorm, it would have been no trouble to get to the meetings on-time from my room. However, I also had a class on North Campus that ended fifteen minutes before the meetings began. I hate being late to things, and while the bus is a great option, I found that the timing wasn’t always quite right for me. So, I decided to get a bike.
All of a sudden, getting to my meetings on time wasn’t a problem, and my anxiety levels about being late decreased exponentially. In fact, I could go to even more events and activities because I could get to the events instead of having miss half of what happens as I walk clear across campus from the previous meeting.
Another added benefit was being able to get further away from campus more quickly to explore places like Carrboro. My roommate and I began to bike to lunch and the farmer’s market in Carrboro on the weekends. I soon learned that going for a bike ride is a great way to get to know the areas surrounding campus too. By the time I brought my car to Carolina, I already knew how to get to the grocery store, a few thrift shops, and a bunch of restaurants beyond Franklin Street.
All in all, you will be fine with or without a bike, but having a faster way to get around was a lifesaver for me. You generally won’t need a bike to get from class to class on time, but it’s helpful for getting around to other commitments you might have. Just remember that Chapel Hill has that name for a reason, so you will be pedaling up your fair share of hills.
Bike Tips on Campus
- Don’t try to bike through the Quad during class change. It is way too busy and doesn’t get you through it any faster.
- Biking down Skipper Bowles Drive towards the Dean Dome is much more fun than biking back up it. Don’t be ashamed to get off and walk your bike up the hill; you’ll be in good company.
- Some residence halls have bike rental programs that are great to use if you don’t need a bike on a regular basis or just want to try one out!
- Try to warn people that you’re coming up behind them so they don’t make a sudden move that throws you both off.
- Don’t go too fast when other people are around. You’ll need to maneuver around them, and many students know the pain of crashing into a bike.
- If your bike doesn’t have a chain guard, watch your pants. Many pant legs have been ripped and greasy after getting caught in the bike chain.
- Biking through campus on a spring or fall evening can be extremely relaxing.
- If you’re going somewhere alone at night and can’t take the bus, bike. It gets you there quicker and is safer than walking back alone.
- Use a bike lock and figure out where the bike racks are around campus.
Hannah Macie is Media and Journalism major, Class of 2017.
I was disappointed when I was denied as a first-year, and crushed when I was denied as a sophomore transfer. Changing schools almost every semester in attempt to find a school as good as Carolina didn’t make my journey easier, either. I was just so determined to attend UNC because I knew this was where I was supposed to be.
I knew that Carolina would be able to provide more academics, more extracurriculars, and all around more opportunities than other smaller schools I attended. Now that I’m here, my schedule is packed with all kinds of exciting activities and extracurriculars. Short summary of my year: I’ve written blogs for the Daily Tar Heel, marched in Disney’s Electric Parade with the Marching Tar Heels, and now I’m planning social media campaigns for UNC Admissions and UNC Bands.
I learned so many lessons that I wouldn’t have if I had come to Chapel Hill as a first-year. For this reason, I look for opportunities to help other students who experience difficult adjustments or setbacks in their college careers.
Here are some things I’ve learned on my journey.
For those who want to attend Carolina but weren’t accepted:
Your admission status (accepted/denied) does not define you.
With limited spaces in each class and many more students applying each year, UNC must turn away intelligent, capable students every year. This decision is not a reflection of you or your potential.
You have options.
Sometimes people think their life is over because they got denied from their first choice school. It’s really not. Like, it’s really, really not. You could end up loving your second choice, you could transfer to your first choice after a year, or you could consider attending a community college for your first two years and save some money in the long run.
For those who are nervous about attending Carolina:
Try new and different things!
Your first year at Carolina, whether you’re a first-year or a transfer, is a great time to experiment with everything offered here! Our plethora of student organizations (over 800!) allows people to find groups tailored to their specific interests. Yes, we have a Bollywood a capella group! Yes, we have a marching band sorority! Yes, we have a health sciences club that focuses primarily on the LGBTQ community! Take time this summer to research our student organizations and campus activities.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
It’s important to remember that everyone is on their own path and going at different paces. Some people get to college and stay consistent with their activities and social groups. Others go through several different activities and friend groups before finally sticking with the ones that work best for them. For a lot of people, it’s a little bit of both; there’s some consistency but some changes. Remember that it’s ok if your experience is different from that of your classmates.
Don’t stress over choosing a major.
Try out some general education courses first. If you find some of them boring or difficult, try out an elective from a department you’re interested in and utilize the pass/fail option. Carolina allows students to pass/fail electives (not general education or major requirements) so we can discover new interests without taking a risk academically.
I think my biggest mistake in my journey was forgetting that other people were there to help me. Your friends, family, and university you attend wants you to succeed. I attribute my acceptance to Carolina not just to my hard work, but to these people who supported me. I hope you find the support you deserve, and I hope it inspires you to succeed in college.
Our professors are not only experts in their fields who are leading the way in innovative teaching, they are also unusually friendly and approachable to the students they are honored to teach. They love their work but they can’t resist the opportunity to have a little fun.
The video below shows some of our favorite Carolina professors from all disciplines—arts and sciences—kicking back and celebrating the end of a busy semester. Enjoy!
We hope that you, too, had a successful semester and are looking forward to a restful and enjoyable summer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Office if we may answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in Carolina!
Thank you to all of you who have waited patiently for news about the waiting list. We know how difficult it is to wait for a decision, and we appreciate you hanging in there with us.
Earlier today we offered admission to a limited number of students on the first-year waiting list. All newly admitted students will have 2 weeks to accept or decline their place in the class. Once we have heard from these students, we will be able to determine if any additional offers of admission can be made. All candidates remaining on the waiting list will hear from us between late May and the end of June. For the latest information, please continue to check this blog.
We have not taken any action on the transfer waiting list, and we’re very sorry, but we do not yet know if we will be able to offer admission from our transfer waiting list. As with our first-year waiting list, we’ll let all students on the transfer waiting list know a final decision as soon as we can, by June 30 at the latest.
If you’re curious about how we select students from the waiting list, please see our FAQs for first-years or transfers. We don’t rank the list in any way, so all students who accept a place on the waiting list are considered for any spaces that are available.
If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us at through email at email@example.com or by phone at 919-966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST. Thanks again.
Our admitted Regular Decision students stepped up their selfie game and sent us all kinds of great “I’m in!” selfies on Twitter and Instagram. While we received a lot of great entries, these five selfie masters have claimed #UNC20 fame and free Carolina swag. Thanks to everyone who participated and welcome to Carolina, #UNC20!
Most likes: Sydney
Most retweets: Corinne
Most cheesin’: Jalen
Most unique (and creepiest): Ryan
Best caption: Erika (Going D1 in academics!)